A Good Solution To The Tier 2 Retirement System

Craig Ford

Unintended consequences are a common problem when it comes to making laws and government policy. A good example of this is the changes lawmakers made in 2012 to the retirement systems for education and state employees.


Former State Senator Zeb Little Arrested for Felony Theft of More Than $25,000

Former Senator Zeb Little

(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former state senator Zeb Little, 50, of Cullman, was indicted* by a Cullman County grand jury on three counts of felony theft of property. Little surrendered to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office yesterday and was released on a $15,000 […]


Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

There has been a lot of talk about the advancement of women in politics over the past year. It has been suggested that more progressive states have led the way with this change. Alabama can very well make the case that we lead the nation in women […]


Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

The Legislature has met for their organizational session and elected their leadership for the next four years.

Both the House and Senate leadership remain essentially the same as the last quadrennium.


CRAIG FORD OP-ED: Alabama Policy Institute’s Four Lies About “School Choice”

Craig Ford

In a recent editorial, the Alabama Policy Institute (API) attempted to label four of the arguments against “school choice” as myths.

I guess that’s what you have to do when the truth doesn’t fit your agenda. But the truth does need to be told, and the misinformation coming from […]


Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Regardless of what happens in Donald Trump’s administration over the next two years, he will have a proven record of success as President especially if you are a conservative American.


Alabama is called the “Heart of Dixie”

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

As we begin this New Year of 2019, Alabama begins a new quadrennium in state government.

All of our Constitutional state officeholders begin their new four-year terms this month. Governor Kay Ivey will be sworn in for a four-year term on January 14. Also, being sworn in […]


Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

A few last thoughts and observations on our November 6 General Election in Alabama.

Our new 55th Governor looked and sounded more like the old Kay Ivey, than the one we have seen the past few years and during the campaign. She was vibrant, succinct to the […]

Alabama’s 55th Governor was raised right and the accent is real

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

The legendary Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, used to say, “Alabama is like a big front porch.” She was right, I have found that to be the case my entire life. Even recently, as I’ve traversed the state, I am always amazed at how you can visit […]


US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Media outlets in Washington are reporting the resignation of embattled US Attorney General Jeff Sessions just moments ago.



Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Those of us who are Baby Boomers remember the tumultuous times of the 1960’s. We lived through the Civil Rights revolution. Those of us who grew up here in the Heart of Dixie witnessed the transpiring of racial integration first hand. Most of the crusades and struggles […]

Shelby touts passage of Water Bill

US Senator Richard Shelby

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, recently praised the passage of S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The bill, which answers President Trump’s call to address our nation’s aging water infrastructure, is the most […]

Walt Maddox Pop-Up Rally Set for Tuesday

FLORENCE–A pop-up rally for Walt Maddox, the Democrat running for governor, is set for Tuesday at McFarland Park.



Congressman Brooks with NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan

Washington, DC— Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business (“NFIB”), America’s premier small business organization, for his 100% voting record in support of small business and job creation policies that […]

Sorrell for term limits

Andrew Sorrell

Andrew Sorrell told ShoalsInsider.com he believes all Legislative offices in Alabama (State House and State Senate) should be limited to either two or three terms immediately.

Why are term limits so badly needed? Here are his top 10 reasons:


Remember the 1986 Governor’s race

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Since this is a gubernatorial election year, allow me to share an epic Governor’s Race with you.

The 1986 Governor’s race will be remembered as one of Alabama’s most amazing political stories. In 1978 Fob James sent the Three B’s, Brewer, Beasley and Baxley packing. Brewer and […]

Alabama could lose seat in Congress and federal dollars if California gets to count illegals in census

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Conservative Republicans, like Jeff Sessions, have been obsessed with illegal immigrants for years. Sessions is and has always been a stickler for obeying the laws of our land. He is the most honest, upright, squeaky clean, politician I have ever seen in my lifetime of observing politics […]

Why Should You Vote for Andrew Sorrell?


Andrew Sorrell

ShoalsInsider.com recently sat down with Andrew Sorrell and asked him why our readers should send him to Montgomery. We asked Andrew about some topics and issues close to our reader’s hearts. Below is his response:


Ivey needs to run out the clock

Alabama’s leading Political Columnist Steve Flowers

Recently, I wrote about Alfa’s influence in Alabama politics. In my August 8 column, I said, the Alabama Farmers Federation still controls the Legislature. They use to play in the Governor’s Race. However, they got burned badly by Bob Riley when they helped him get elected and […]

Senators Doug Jones and Lamar Alexander introduce bill to delay auto tariffs

US Senator Doug Jones

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced the Automotive Jobs Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill to delay President Trump’s recently proposed 25-percent tariff on imported cars, trucks, and auto parts. At the President’s direction, the U.S. Commerce Department initiated a Section […]